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Education Subcommittee visits NERDC

Today, the Subcommittee on Education visited the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council to acquaint its leadership with the mandate of the PCNI and the Buhari Plan, the current state of the education in the North East and to solicit for support and cooperation from the council. The delegation highlighted the challenges confronting the education sector in the North East among which are the fact that it has the highest population of out of school children (49.8 percent of the primary school age children and 49.6 percent of junior secondary school age children); the lowest literacy rate in the federation; deep-seated socio-cultural attitudes which has led girls and women being denied access to education; insignificant private sector participation in education; the prevalence of Almajiri schools and the migration of almajiris from states where they are banned; and the destruction of education infrastructure and the loss of teachers to insurgent attacks.

The subcommittee presented its priorities for education in the North East among which are ensuring the availability of well trained and well motivated teachers, ensuring access to education by all children irrespective of gender, provision of enterprise education with vocational skills and technical skills content targeted at key skill-gaps in the region and the harmonization of IQES curriculum with that of the conventional system. For its own part, the NERDC affirmed its commitment to working with PCNI and highlighted areas of collaboration such as the development of a national blueprint for managing educational emergencies in conflict and post-conflict situations as well as developing curriculum, books and instructional materials for education in emergency situations.

 

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